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2015 Redskins Season In Review: Running Backs

Posted Jan 17, 2016

Take a quick look back at the top Redskins 2015 season storylines from the running back/fullback position, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.

Take a quick look back at the top Redskins 2015 season storylines from the running back/fullback position, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.

Early in the 2015 season, the Redskins appeared to have a two-headed monster at running back. Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan oversaw “MoJo,” the nickname given to the duo of fourth-year workhorse Alfred Morris and 2015 third-round pick Matt Jones.

The duo each produced a 100-yard rushing day in the first two weeks, with Morris gaining 121 yards in Week 1 vs. Miami and Jones recording 123 yards in Week 2 vs. St. Louis.

While Morris and Jones carried the unit on early downs, third-year back Chris Thompson played a critical role in the Redskins’ substantial improvement on third downs in 2015. In addition to his contributions in pass protection, the diminutive speedster posted career highs in carries (35), rushing yards (216), receptions (35), receiving yards (240) and receiving touchdowns (two).

Thompson missed part of December with a shoulder injury, at which point the Redskins turned to veteran Pierre Thomas, a former Super Bowl champion in New Orleans, to step in and contribute immediately.

Often praised by the coaching staff for his professionalism and intelligence, Thomas caught seven passes for 67 yards in the team’s division-clinching win at Philadelphia in Week 17. Thomas added an extra set of capable hands to a now deep Redskins backfield.

“We just added another back [Thomas] to our rotation, which kind of muddies it up a little bit, but, you know, having too many good backs is a good thing,” Gruden said.

Fullback Darrel Young, a converted linebacker from Villanova now in his sixth NFL season, rounds out the group. Though his usage was limited in 2015, Young has accounted for 13 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns during his time in Washington and was a critical lead blocker for Morris’ three 1,000-yard seasons across the 2012-14 seasons.

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